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11 facts about the German World Cup team

Who’s playing in the World Cup squad, how many times has Germany been world champion – everything you need to know about the national team before the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The German national football team: the thrill of anticipation – the Football World Cup 2018.
The thrill of anticipation – the Football World Cup 2018. © dpa

How often has Germany taken part in a World Cup?

Germany has so far participated in 18 finals of 20 World Championships. For the first World Cup in 1930, the trip to Uruguay was too costly; for the 1950 World Cup in Brazil, the newly founded German Football Association (DFB) was not yet a FIFA member.

How many times has Germany been football champion?

Germany has been World Cup champion four times (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014), World Cup second four times (1966, 1982, 1986, 2002) and World Cup third four times (1934, 1970, 2006, 2010). This makes Germany the country most often in the top three.

Where is Germany in the FIFA World Ranking?

As the 2018 World Cup begins, Germany leads the FIFA World Ranking. Brazil, Belgium, Portugal and Argentina follow.

Who are Germany’s group opponents?

In the preliminary round of the 2018 World Cup, Germany will play against Mexico (17 June), Sweden (23 June) and South Korea (27 June).

Germany vs Mexico

Germany vs Sweden

Germany vs South Korea

Who is playing in the German World Cup squad?

Goal: Manuel Neuer (FC Bayern Munich), Marc-André ter Stegen (FC Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Paris St. Germain)

Defense: Jerome Boateng (FC Bayern Munich), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jonas Hector (1. FC Köln), Mats Hummels (FC Bayern), Joshua Kimmich (FC Bayern Munich), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha BSC), Antonio Rüdiger (FC Chelsea), Niklas Süle (FC Bayern Munich)

Midfield/offense: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris St. Germain), Mario Gomez (VfB Stuttgart), Leon Goretzka (Schalke 04), Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City), Sami Khedira (Juventus Turin), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Thomas Müller (FC Bayern Munich), Mesut Özil (FC Arsenal), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Sebastian Rudy (FC Bayern Munich), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)

Die deutsche Nationalmannschaft 2018
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How many world champions are back?

Nine players of the current squad already played in the German World Cup squad in 2014 and are competing as world champions: Neuer, Boateng, Ginter, Hummels, Draxler, Khedira, Kroos, Müller and Ozil.

Who are the coach and the manager of the national team?

Joachim “Jogi” Löw has been coach since 2006; he started in 2004 as co-coach of the German national team under Jürgen Klinsmann. Oliver Bierhoff has also been team manager of the German national team since 2004.

What does the World Cup jersey of the German team look like?

At the 2018 World Cup Germany will be playing in the classic black and white jersey. The German flag is indicated in grey scale on the chest. The alternative jersey is green.

Football World Cup 2018: Germany’s jersey is classic black and white.
Football World Cup 2018: Germany’s jersey is classic black and white. © dpa

Who is the outfitter of the German team?

The German sporting goods manufacturer Adidas. The company is also a main sponsor of the FIFA World Cup and is providing the match ball, the “Telstar18”.

How many members does the German Football Association have?

In 2017 the German Football Association (DFB) had more than seven million members, making it the largest national sports association in the world.

Is the German national team active on social media?

The DFB team posts as “Die Mannschaft” (The Team) on Facebook and Twitter.